Issue

2.10 / Fortification

January 27 2011

Introduction

January 27, 2011.  The editorial team and some of our writers are heading to Los Angeles this weekend for the Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair. There, we will be hosting a series of interviews and moderating a panel that ask the participating artists from the Bay Area and LA to consider their practice in relation to place. Art Practical is not interested in either delineating geographic boundaries around artists or defining regional aesthetics, but in investigating art’s potential to coalesce the material and political functions of a particular place. As well as understand what happens when artists “who see themselves as agents, who engage and create the kind of art world they would like to participate in locally, invest deeply in reinforcing a local ethos.” So notes Christine Wong Yap, who, like this issue, straddles both coasts. Enjoy—PM.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Christine Wong Yap

Each of the profiles of contemporary artists in Calvin Tompkins’ The Lives of Artists (2008) includes a story about arriving in New York. But every arrival in New York implies a departure from elsewhere. For me, the cliché about artists “making it” in New York wears thin quickly. The change in location is still registering with me; I feel like a Bay Area artist living in New York. I am trying to establish a new community, network, and locus of activity because I need tangible evidence of a practice; it is my campaign against a fuzzy sense of limbo.

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Conversation with Kim Anno

Conversation with Kim Anno

By Bruno Fazzolari

Being an abstract artist, you're always asking the viewer to participate in the experience of looking at the art work or being with the art work. Any kind of ambiguity causes the viewer to be a participant, and in certain ways, a collaborator of the art work.

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